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A father-of-two who grew up in Africa has been confirmed as the 72nd Bishop of Norwich.

Rt Revd Graham Usher, the current Bishop of Dudley, was announced by the Prime Minister’s representatives today (Friday, May 3).

The 48-year-old is married with two teenage children, and has worked all over England since his ordination in 1996 - following his early childhood in Ghana.

He said today: “It’s a great honour and somewhat daunting to be nominated as Bishop of Norwich.

Bishop Graham grew up in Ghana (Diocese of Norwich)
Bishop Graham grew up in Ghana (Diocese of Norwich)

“I’m excited to have been called to serve among the people of Norfolk and Waveney as together we seek to live out Jesus Christ’s call to love God and our neighbours.”

The Bishop is the effective leader of the Church of England in Norfolk and takes the role, having worked in Dudley since 2014. He will remain in that post until he is formally enthroned as Bishop of Norwich at Norwich Cathedral in late autumn.

Bishop Graham is touring the diocese today (Diocese of Norwich)
Bishop Graham is touring the diocese today (Diocese of Norwich)

It is understood he will become the youngest diocesan bishop in the Church of England while Norwich diocese, founded in 1094, is one of the oldest.

He will take over from Rt Revd Alan Winton who had been acting bishop and remains Bishop of Thetford.

Bishop Alan said: “Bishop Graham brings significant experience, skills and enthusiasm from ministry in York, Newcastle and Worcester dioceses.

“We look forward to working with him in supporting and developing the mission and ministry of God’s church here in Norfolk and Waveney.”

Bishop Graham will visit a number of locations within the diocese this afternoon, after which he will attend a special evensong at Norwich Cathedral.